Mile 14 Dispatch
March 17, 2020
Other Mile 14 Reports (40)
December 6, 2020 - artistNo unusual and/or negative natural or human impacts were observed. Weather was sunny; surf was big and loud.
June 20, 2020 - artistMattress dumped alongside trail near Highway 101 turnout just north of Whaleshead Trailhead.
February 2, 2020 - artistNothing significant to report.
March 30, 2019 - artistDowned tree partially blocking the trail one-half mile north of Whaleshead
July 8, 2018 - artistThe only unusual siting today was a bird carcass on the dunes. I assume it's a raven. I also removed a large beer bottle that was left alongside the trail, but it was in an area near the highway....
November 11, 2017 - artistEverything on the trail, dunes and cliffs was normal. Beach is unaccessible on this mile.
June 18, 2017 - artistThere were signs of recent cliff erosion and a trail-marking sign left by an organized hiking group. I left the sign, though maybe I should have removed it.
November 29, 2016 - artistIndian Sands: While watching the big surf from the rocky bluffs 60 feet above the ocean, I was struck by a wave that splashed up and over the rocks in front of me. I have a 24-second video of the...
October 23, 2016 - artistThere is some new erosion on the dunes due to recent heavy rains. Also, trail between Whaleshead and Indian Sands is somewhat blocked by two small fallen trees.
May 30, 2016 - adminThere is nothing significant to report. The trail, especially south of Indian Sands is in good shape, and there is no litter or damage. Attached photo shows cove (and ocean condition) between...
February 7, 2016 - artistExcept for large salamander on the dunes, there is nothing unusual to report. The entire trail is in good shape, especially since vegetation was cleared from portion of trail just north of Indian...
August 23, 2015 - artistAside from the tunnel-like trail situation in the draw just north of the dunes (see photo), there are no apparent problems. And State Parks rangers whom I notified may work on the section of trail in...
May 3, 2015 - artistIt was a sunny warm day with cool ocean breezes. The only noteworthy change was the short spur trail mentioned on previous page.
March 5, 2015 - artistThis was an uneventful visit on a very pleasant day. No issues were evident.
September 25, 2014 - artistAll was normal and there's little to report except for the overgrown condition of the trail along the cliff just north of the dunes. Since the trail further north (closer to the bridge) was recently...
August 10, 2014 - artistExcept for the couple camping, there was nothing noteworthy. The trail from Whaleshead to the dunes area remains well maintained, except in the dunes area itself, where there is constant movement and...
June 24, 2014 - artistAside from the strange brown color of the ocean water near the beaches and sea cliffs, there's nothing out of the ordinary to report.
December 24, 2013 - artistExcept for the fallen tree near Whaleshead, trail is in good shape.Many footprints in sandy bluffs above cliffs indicate that unseasonably warm weather has brought many people to Indian Sands. Still...
October 29, 2013 - artistNo unusual activities or problems were observed, just a few people enjoying this mile's dramatic coastline on a beautiful fall day.
June 18, 2013 - artistThe trail is in good condition, and no negative activities were discovered. With the exception of the hawk and owl siting, it was an uneventful inspection during an occasional drizzle.
January 8, 2013 - artistConsidering the pleasant weather, it was surprising to see no other hikers or sightseers on the trail or cliffs, though there were lots of footprints that indicated that others had been there...
June 24, 2012 - artistParking area just south of Thomas Creek Bridge now has abrupt drop-off between highway paving and gravel parking surface, making it difficult for some passenger cars to safely enter and exit. And...
January 28, 2012 - artistIt was an unusually warm day on the cliffs overlooking the surf, which was very calm. People there were simply enjoying the good weather and views. The trail is well maintained, and there were no...
October 13, 2011 - artistIt was a beautiful balmy day on Mile14 with nothing unusual to report. The trail is in good shape.
July 24, 2011 - artistThere is nothing negative to report. The trail is well-maintained and free of litter. The one dog encountered was on a leash. Visitors were simply enjoying the area.
May 30, 2011 - artistThere was nothing unusual during this inspection, and human traffic was light.
January 22, 2011 - artistUnusually warm, sunny weather brought lots of visitors to the trail and bluffs, but no negative activities or conditions were observed.
September 23, 2010 - artistHikers commented on how well-maintained the trail was. Ironically, during this visit, I met Monica, who had just finished raking a portion of the trail.I should point out that Gary also does a lot of...
July 1, 2010 - artistSea was calm and sky clear, and except for continued natural erosion of sandy bluffs behind cliffs and minor litter at one trailhead, there's little to report. Hikers even commented on excellent...
January 23, 2010 - artistWith the exception of one small, fallen tree across the trail a quarter mile south of Indian Sands, conditions of the trail, shoreline and surrounding landscape display no serious problems.
October 1, 2009 - artistAs with my summer report, there is nothing negative to report. All appears well.
August 27, 2009 - artistThis is an uneventful report, as not a single vehicle or person was encountered, the trail remains in good condition, and no litter was found. Due to fog, it was not even possible to see the surf.
May 13, 2009 - artistWhile the use of this area and trail was quite heavy compared to most reports, there are no serious violations or problems.
November 16, 2008 - artistThe only negative to report is that three downed trees now block the trail within a half mile of the Whaleshead trailhead. A crew or individual with a chainsaw is needed to clear the trail.
August 24, 2008 - artistExcept for the presence of poison oak along some parts of the trail, there is nothing negative to report. I mention the poison oak because I had a serious reaction to a recent exposure while on...
May 24, 2008 - artistThere was brown-colored water in two coves below the bluffs and slightly more litter along the trail than is usually encountered. I'm guessing that the brown-colored sea water was caused by some type...
February 10, 2008 - artistNothing out of the ordinary was experienced during this inspection, only heavy wave action and normal seabird activity. The area covered this time was between Indian Sands and Thomas Creek Bridge.
October 21, 2007 - artistThough there were more people than usual on the trail, there is nothing negative to report. As far as I can tell, no one was engaged in illegal or harmful activities. People were just picking berries...
June 21, 2007 - artistThis report (6/21/07) was done as part of a hike made with six other people. Many had never been on this trail before and commented on the trail's excellent condition. The trail, even at the...
April 15, 2007 - artistThe only negative thing that I found on this entire trip from Whaleshead to Indian Sands was a lone soda can, and that was at the trail head (Whaleshead).